Jackie Chan Is NOT Dead: Internet Hoaxes & Lazy Content Marketing

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A few days ago, my oldest son told me Jackie Chan was dead. Naturally, my immediate reaction was great sadness and a feeling of immense loss. Like most other red-blooded males, I love kung-fu flicks and often annoy my significant other with them. I also love Jackie Chan as an actor, director, and person. That’s besides the point, though.. Jackie Chan’s death would be the worst celebrity loss since Michael Jackson, in my opinion.

There is an awesome success story too deep to discuss here (Wikipedia has a wealth of history and it is mostly on-point, if you are curious). My love for Jackie Chan runs pretty deep, and I don’t idolize celebrities like most. He possesses traits and core values similar to my own and, in many ways, I aspire to be half the man he is. Jackie’s antics, warm smile, and quirky personality are enchanting, as Guy Kawasaki would say. His sense of humor is tops, which is something my wife would say I lack, in spite of my own beliefs. *smirk*

Being a bit of a Jackie Chan fan boy, I could not simply accept this news at face value. A quick Google search for “Jackie Chan death” revealed that it was yet another Internet hoax. I was relieved and annoyed at the same time.

Are people so devoid of original ideas that their content must be limited to mere pandering and silly hoaxes/stunts? That’s a rhetorical question, BTW.

This is not by any means the only or last Jackie Chan Internet death hoax. It seems anyone who wants site traffic or attention simply panders by writing about celebrity gossip, famous deaths, and silly pop culture. Some may consider Jackie Chan’s sense of humor or comedy style rather corny or over-simplified.. But he is still far more entertaining than most online content today. Truth.

Sadly, there is more to this story. Part of the issues here is that social media and SEO will always be abused. That means there is a lot of junk and lies spreading around! I blame laziness mainly.

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Support-A-Thon: Forging A StumbleUpon Alliance & Unlocking StumbleUpon’s Full Potential

#ConversionFest UPDATE:  I am now in 4th place and coming up on 3rd place for the Unbounce.com Conversion-Fest Contest, thanks to the team effort.  If the comments keep coming in, we’ll knock this one right out of the park no problem!  Skype me or text me for more details.  Now let’s move on…

So, ever since Mashable released an article stating that StumbleUpon accounts for at least 50% of social media traffic suddenly everyone is listening.

To me, this is not news.  I’ve seen the potential in StumbleUpon since I started around 2007.  Admittedly, with all the things vying for my attention, I haven’t fully unlocked the potential yet it remains one of my topic traffic sources and, quite honestly, has been more fruitful than Facebook.

 “]Shareable Content Via Social Media (Web 2.0)In spite of the avid fanfare from active Stumblers and an industry leader in Ben Parr endorsing StumbleUpon (though not with much fervor, I must say), folks are still on the fence.  StumbleUpon can plant seeds for productivity over a long period of time, growing your audience organically and persistently.  Other platforms eventually lose momentum unless you keep planting the proverbial seeds and watering them often.  Soooo…

What is the cause for resistance?  I’d like to demystify and debunk social media beliefs while providing some compelling reasons to jump onto StumbleUpon (or get more active) TODAY.

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What Can Squids Do For YOU? Squids Can Make You Money Online.

Are you just looking to join Squidoo – sign up here – it’s FREE!

Recently, I was asked by my fellows in Birds of a Feather to discuss why I am so excited about Squidoo, a flexible content curation and publishing platform with built-in income opportunities (AND an awesome community attached to it).  The usual questions ensued…

  • What’s the ROI?
  • How does it compare to XYZ?
  • What are YOUR results?

I answered honestly and with great fervor (because there’s lots to be excited about if you ask this here geek).  Keri Jaehnig of Idea Girl Media (and Birds of a Feather, amongst other groups on Triberr) is very intrigued.  Others are asking about it as well, thanks to my #Squidoo hash tag on Twitter, chats via Triberr, and my constant efforts to keep dripping information about my latest lens efforts on other social platforms…

So here I am to share with you what squids can do for YOU!

Squidoo - Create a page!

Create a page on Squidoo TODAY!

Yes, you should create a Squidoo page today.  That’s it.  Don’t hesitate…  do it now!

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Please Help Me Promote My Unbounce.com Guest Blog – August 16th Is The Big Day!

NEWER!  My article is live and, let me say this: the support has been phenomenal!  Even more impressive is the fact that the conversation has been so positive and educational for everyone.  Come join us and learn more about doing business online.  If you dig it, share it forward.

The Adaptive SEO Approach (a.k.a. Bringing leads to you, engaging audiences, and converting naturally!) –  http://unbounce.com/seo/the-adaptive-seo-approach

NEW!  We started a Facebook Support-A-Thon event to promote the Unbounce.com #ConversionFest and my upcoming article.  Join us and we’ll connect further, setting up opportunities for future cross-promotions and other collaboration!  Definitely check out the Unbounce.com Conversion Fest scoreboard to learn tons of useful stuff for career shifters, business owners, and creatives alike!

I don’t often “sell” or make shameless plugs here on Y3B but it’s time to be a little selfish.  I’m going to be honest here, folks…

I need your help promoting my upcoming guest blog entry on Unbounce.com!  Without your help, it will be an EPIC FAIL.  Just saying.

On August 16th, the article goes LIVE and I’m a tad bit nervous (though I am glad for the extra prep time).  I humbly admit that I likely won’t win the grand prize and I’m fine with that…  But I do want to see just how good I can promote something when the urgency is really there (and I have tons of other things going on, mind you).  I’ve already started plugging away but, once we’re a week out from the publishing date, you better believe I’ll be priming our audiences and networks to promote my guest blog entry and get the gold seal!

Unbounce.com Conversion Fest Blog Contest 2011

Unbounce.com Conversion Fest Blog Contest 2011

All I will need is for you to retweet, have your followers retweet, leave comments, and share on Facebook.  This is the stuff you already do but I also ask that you put Buffer, Dlvr.it, Paper.li, TwitterFeed, and all that other wonderful stuff to work to help automate and catch people when they are really paying attention.  I want to see just how much exposure this article will generate.  I’m anxious and excited at the same time.

I want to thank Laurinda Shaver, John Gordon, Oli Gardner, Julie Nutter, and Christian Hollingsworth for helping me get that extra level of polish on what started off as a VERY rough draft.  You all ROCK my socks!

Now for a preview and some additional thoughts on the article in question…

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